December 2015

Supporting the care and conservation of elephants in Asian range countries.

‘Tis the season to save Asian elephants!

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10% of all sales go to Asian Elephant Support

Order your traditional plastic gift cards by Dec 17th to ensure delivery before Christmas.  You can even upload your own picture on the cards!

But wait, there’s more . . . you can use these gift cards at our annual CPK fundraiser and 20% of your bill will also be donated!

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Human-Elephant Conflict in Asia
Recently Asian Elephant Support collaborated with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services’ Asian Elephant Conservation Fund to produce a document titled “Human-Elephant Conflict in Asia”.

Human-elephant conflict (HEC) is a complex interaction between humans and elephants, and represents the detrimental impact both species have on each other. For the purpose of this document, the use of the term ‘HEC’ implies the detrimental impact that elephants have on humans. This takes the form of crop raiding and property damage, and also involves manslaughter and injury to people. The most common negative interaction between human and elephants in this context is crop raiding. Consequently crop raiding is the most referred to aspect when HEC is mentioned in the document.

HEC has been identified as a major threat to elephant conservation by all Asian elephant range countries; they all experience HEC and loss of human life due to elephants. Elephant deaths due to retaliatory killing by people have been reported by most range countries. HEC adversely affects the people who live in and around elephant habitat. It also adversely affects elephants and undermines efforts to conserve the species. The greatest danger HEC poses to elephants is the antagonism it generates among local communities towards elephant conservation. If elephant conservation is to succeed in Asia, then HEC will have to be resolved, or the conflict minimized to the point where it becomes tolerable to local communities.


There are two main constraints in planning and implementing HEC mitigation; one is the absence of a problem analysis guide that helps people work through the complexities of HEC to determine the multiple levels at which different types of interventions are needed. Second is the absence of a comprehensive information source on the different methods (interventions) available for conflict mitigation and how they need to be implemented. Additionally, in the absence of such a document, gaps in our collective conservation knowledge cannot be determined.

The goal of this project was to review existing HEC mitigation efforts in all 13 Asian elephant range countries by reviewing documents, research papers, and meeting reports about HEC, synthesizing the information, and preparing a comprehensive guide that identifies the best approaches and methods to mitigating HEC and acts as the basis for planning and implementing HEC mitigation efforts. This document also effectively channels research to cover gaps in knowledge on HEC and its mitigation across Asia.

The document can be downloaded here.

Trumpets To:

Molly (age 8) and Lucy (age 6) Bernardo care about wildlife so much they have a website which states, “We are doing this because when they’re all gone, they’re all gone and there will be no more of that animal left.” Their intention is to help a different endangered animal every six months.  


Our Grants Committee Chair, Sharon Glaser, had the good fortune of meeting these girls at a friend’s acrobatic performance.  Sharon talked to them about elephants and the next thing we knew, they wanted to help them through our organization.  
The girls got their classmates at Buckman Elementary School in Portland, Oregon involved. They opened a neighborhood lemonade stand and sent AES a check for $123.54.  That’s a lot of lemonade!  Along with the funds they also included paintings the students made of elephants; and the paintings tell us they, too, know that each elephant is very much an individual with a personality of its own.  

Thank you, girls, for caring about Asian elephants. Your contribution is helping to purchase a scale to be used to weigh elephants in Sumatra.  Keeping track of an elephant’s weight is part of keeping it healthy so pat yourselves on the back for your good job in helping us help elephants!   Thank you!!

Test Your Elephant Knowledge!

November Answer: 

What is the purpose of the huge frontal lobe of an elephant’s brain?

While scientists haven’t even unlocked the capabilities of a human brain, we can gather that an elephant’s giant frontal lobe is for the following:  storing tons and tons of memories! Elephants can live as long as a person and they are migratory animals smelling all sorts of things along the way.  That being said all that space is dedicated to making memory folds of countless environmental stimuli.  

December Question:  

What is the name of the oldest known elephant ancestor?

A Smile is a Curve that Sets Everything Straight

A few weeks ago, you were filled with ambition, creativity, and a jovial Holiday Spirit. Now, you are just longing for it all to be over. You’ve had enough of malls filled with meandering masses of shoppers looking for that ‘something’ they will only know when they see it.  You’re tired of jostling the hopefuls seeking the illusive ‘clearance-deal-of-the-year-that-is-too-good-to-be-true.’ Oh, and how torturous the lines can be at the cashiers, zig-zagging back and forth at a snail’s pace.  And don’t forget the exasperating parking-lot traffic. 
Mall shopping can be a self-inflicted, inhumane way to spend a day, or days, or (heaven forbid) weeks!  ENOUGH! 
Why put yourself through all that stress? Instead, relax at home and shop at
Picture this:  You are in your favorite PJ’s, and nearby is a freshly brewed coffee steaming in your favorite mug; your trusted pet is curled up at your feet. You enter a few clicks on your keyboard, and voila!  Shopping is done.  The frown that would have been on your face is a smile, because not only have you saved yourself all the anxiety the mall-goers are experiencing, you have also made a contribution to a wonderful charity and helped Asian Elephants, too.  
When you select Asian Elephant Support as your favorite charity, AmazonSmile will donate 0.5 per cent of your eligible purchases to AES! It’s the same Amazon you already know and love, but you add a Smile! You get the same great products, same great prices, and same great service, but with the added satisfaction of a donation. Simply go to to get started!  
Enjoy the holiday with a smile:


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AES Mission

~ Provide financial support for the care and conservation of elephants in Asian range countries that meet our criteria for care of captive elephants and for conservation of the species.

~ Increase awareness of the needs and future of the Asian elephant.

~ Increase awareness of the humane treatment of elephants living in captivity.

~ Provide educational opportunities to those persons who care for captive Asian elephants in range countries.
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